The Georgian blues phenom sits down for the inaugural Blues Center interview. In this expanded edition Jontavious talks about his mentor Taj Mahal, going down to Louisiana to get a mojo hand and Fats Domino’s update to “Junker’s Blues” with “The Fat Man.” Newly added concert footage from his appearances in New York City add to this mess o’ blues. Oh, and he can play county blues like a much older bluesman.
Greenville, GA blues phenom Jontavious Willis made it back to the home of the blues this weekend with a dazzling command of authentic blues played on a cigar box. Part of the 2nd annual New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival, this rendering of B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby” says it all. More Jontavious coverage to come from Blues Center’s exclusive interview.
The Rolling Stones video cover of Eddie Taylor’s Ride ’em On Down. The Stones last featured it live on July 12, 1962 according to setlist.fm. They began their career as a Chicago blues cover band put together by founder Brian Jones. While he pushed for the Stones to remain more blues purist, he later settled for being a colourist accessorizing Jagger-Richard compositions. At the tail end of the 60’s Mick Taylor followed his bluesy Mayall Band stint with deep explorations into roots music for half a decade. After that the Stones played less Chuck Berry and fewer blues covers while still doing more than the next band. Now 50 years after moving away from blues as a main concert or album motif, the Stones seem prepared to take it in with a concentrated force unseen since 1965 when Satisfaction signaled their pop writing validation. The cd also contains count ’em 4 covers of Marksville, Louisiana’s Little Walter. In 2016, they returned to a work by a Chicago blues icon with Ride ’em on Down. Please enjoy the official video..
This shot from the archives gave the blues feel today. The Black Keys live at the LA forum November 6, 2014. The Akron, Ohio blues duo paid the blues apprenticeship then forged a more popular and creative option. It was like 1966 all over again.